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Thursday, September 3, 2009

MS patients take to the water at Cape Wellness Center

Posted Sept 2, 2009 - Provided by Karen H. in Cape Coral, Fl.

CAPE CORAL: Water therapy at the Lee Memorial Wellness Center in Cape Coral is helping a group of multiple sclerosis patients walk, kick, and move in ways they never thought possible.

But during the pool sessions, every move - both above and below the surface - means the world to those in attendance.

"This has been fantastic for us. It has really helped - the movement, the balance," said water therapy student Martha Hannigan.

Hannigan, and every other student in the class, has multiple sclerosis. Weakness in the arms and legs is a way of life for many of them. But underwater, you wouldn't know it.

"Balance, heavy legs, fatigue - these are things we deal with outside the pool. But in the pool, weightless, we're bionic," said student Jason Hamann.

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